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Blood bond by Michael Green

Blood bond

Michael Green

eBook

"What happens if your family is the last left alive? The Chatfield family - half living in the UK, the other in New Zealand - found out the stark realities of survival after a deadly pandemic swept across the world. Now escaping the repressive regime...

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Huia short stories. 10

Huia short stories. 10

eBook

Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Maori writers 2013 as judged by Sir Mason Durie, Hana O'Regan and Reina Whaitiri. The book contains the stories from the finalists for Best Short Story written in English,...

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Ancestry by Albert Wendt

Ancestry

Albert Wendt

eBook

"In this collection of short stories Albert Wendt continues to explore the nature of love, family and culture through the lives of people caught up in the realities of modern contemporary life and the ancestral ties of their heritage. The stories are...

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Awaken the senses by Nalini Singh

Awaken the senses

Nalini Singh

eBook

Charlotte Ashton had never belonged anywhere--until she met worldly Alexandre Dupree. The winemaker was consulting at her family's vineyard and soon shy Charlotte was completely under his spell. He seemed to know all her secret desires, all her dreams--as...

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Desert warrior by Nalini Singh

Desert warrior

Nalini Singh

eBook

The fabled desert kingdom of Zulheina was Tariq's birthright, and he was a man who held tightly what belonged to him. And that meant he had to reclaim a very special woman--the woman who had broken his heart years before in New Zealand. And once he had...

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Cilka's journey by Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Large Print

"Her beauty saved her life and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from...

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The one that got away  by Jennifer Palgrave

The one that got away

Jennifer Palgrave

Book

"Lauren Fraser is easing into a comfortable retirement when her historian friend Ro reveals a shocking secret. Ro's research has uncovered the attempted poisoning of a New Zealand prime minister. Despite herself, Lauren is drawn into the mystery. Who...

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Mischief and mayhem  by Jaxon Knight

Mischief and mayhem

Jaxon Knight

Book

"Mischief - Protecting royalty at Fairyland theme park seemed about as far from Afghanistan as Cody could get. But the hot new rollercoaster brings up some unexpected trouble - and not the kind of trouble he knows how to handle alone. Mayhem - Dean l...

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Rival princes  by Jaxon Knight

Rival princes

Jaxon Knight

Book

"There are three golden rules for new recruits at Fairyland Theme Park: 1. No breaking character, even if you're dying of heat exhaustion 2. Always give guests the most magical time 3. No falling in love. Nate's only been at work one day, and he's al...

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The genome project  by Aaron D. Hodges

The genome project

Aaron D. Hodges

Book

"In 2051, America is no more. Risen from the ashes of civil war, the Western Allied States ruthlessly eradicate any threat to the new union. Traitors are executed without trial, their families seized. But a terrifying plague is sweeping through the nation....

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Magic unleashed  by T. J. author. Green

Magic unleashed

T. J. author. Green

Book

"Avery and the White Haven witches have finally found their grimoires and defeated the Favershams, but their troubles are only just beginning. Something escaped from the spirit world when they battled beneath All Souls Church, and now it wants to sta...

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Magic unbound  by T. J. Green

Magic unbound

T. J. Green

Book

"As the secrets of White Haven are uncovered, the witches are in more danger than ever. Avery and the other witches are now being hunted, and they know someone is betraying them. The question is, who? Not only do they have to defend themselves against...

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Scented by Laurence Fearnley

Scented

Laurence Fearnley

eBook

"Granny Seren told me I had a natural talent for perfume making, and I believed her because she seemed to know what she was talking about and she never lied. It was Seren who introduced me to the idea of a signature scent. As a university lecturer, Siân...

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After the peace by Fay Weldon

After the peace

Fay Weldon

Audio CD

"How many parents does it take to make a baby? In the case of Rosalind Melrose Smithson it took four: one birth mother; one legal father; one interfering neighbour and one turkey baster filled with the defrosted essence of an anonymous donor. Or not ...

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Buried magic  by T. J. Green

Buried magic

T. J. Green

Book

"There's a reason witches leave White Haven. Or at least that's what Avery keeps being told. The problem is, she doesn't know why. However, after she inherits a rune covered box and an intriguing letter, she now has plenty of reasons to find out the ...

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Prophecies  by Rupa Natasha Maitra

Prophecies

Rupa Natasha Maitra

Book

Rupa Maitra's debut collection of short stories lures us into diverse worlds. Some of her stories spring from her background in music and medicine, some from her Bengali heritage - and all from a vivid imagination.

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Lessons from ducks  by Tammy Robinson

Lessons from ducks

Tammy Robinson

Book

"How do you go on when everything you love is ripped away from you? Anna Jenkins is sleepwalking through life. Once, she had everything she could ever want, but now she rattles away in her big old house where the silence doesn't just echo, it bounces...

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A pivotal right  by K. A. (Kathryn Alison) Servian

A pivotal right

K. A. (Kathryn Alison) Servian

Book

"Florence struggled for breath as she stared in the face of a ghost. Jack? Twenty years after being forced apart Jack and Florence have been offered a second chance at love. But can they find their way back to each other through all the misunderstand...

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The moral compass  by K. A. (Kathryn Alison) Servian

The moral compass

K. A. (Kathryn Alison) Servian

Book

"Florence is shielded from the filth and poverty of Victorian London by her father's money and status. But when he suffers a spectacular fall from grace, she must abandon everything, including the man she loves, and travel to the colony of New Zealand...

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A madness of sunshine  by Nalini Singh

A madness of sunshine

Nalini Singh

Book

"Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand at twenty-one, fleeing small-town poverty and the ghosts of her childhood with no plans to look back. But eight years later, she returns, seeking familiarity as respite from the shattered remains of her new life. And ...

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Purgatory by Rosetta Allan

Purgatory

Rosetta Allan

eBook

"You don't want to be digging there, ' Ma says like he can hear her. No one can hear her, just us boys. We're the dead Finnegans - Ma, Thomas, Ben and me. Ten-year-old John Finnegan can't leave his garden. Ever since they were murdered he, his brothers...

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The strength of eggshells  by Kirsty Powell

The strength of eggshells

Kirsty Powell

Book

"She's six feet tall and handles a motorbike like a professional, but Kate has insecurities that match her height and she ignores her past by pushing her fingers into her ears. Why did her mother Jane only communicate through poetry? What became of h...

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The history speech  by Mark Sweet

The history speech

Mark Sweet

Book

"In 1960s provincial New Zealand, conventional middle-class lives are not always as respectable as they appear. Callum Gow's family and their social circle are influential and prosperous, but below the surface intrigue thrives. In this atmosphere, Callum...

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Rivers ran red  by J. A. Grierson

Rivers ran red

J. A. Grierson

Book

"In a whirlwind of fire and carnage, Attila the Hun wheels half a million horseman towards Roman territory. One war will decide the fate of civilization. Can the battle-scarred general, Avitus, unite dubious allies and mortal enemies behind the eagle...

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The wild card  by 1929- author. Renée

The wild card

1929- author. Renée

Book

"Sure thirty years is a long time. Sure the case was closed. Well, never really a case as such. Fifteen-year-old brown girl tops herself, who cares? Turn the page. That bloody notebook, thought Club. God knows what was in it. Who knew that little bitch...

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Waterline  by Chris Else

Waterline

Chris Else

Book

The world is going crazy. In a South Pacific nation overrun by technology, an affluent family has fallen on hard times. Brian, Stella and their two teenage kids must move from the capital to Byte, a small, rain-swept city in the grip of a Kafkaesque,...

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Show me a huia!  by Chris Barfoot

Show me a huia!

Chris Barfoot

Book

"In a remote mountain range in 1970s New Zealand, a bird thought to be long extinct is miraculously rediscovered, and two experienced trampers disappear without a trace. Could these events be linked to the growing racial tension gripping New Zealand ...

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The Alexandrite  by Dione Jones

The Alexandrite

Dione Jones

Book

Who is the stranger found dead in the woods, outside Pamela Lady Scawton's family home? Why was he carrying a stone that changes colour and a threatening letter? The quest leads from World War One to the present day and from an English village to New...

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The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove  by Kellie Hailes

The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove

Kellie Hailes

Book

"The start of something wonderful... Sophie Jones loves her little bookshop at Herring Cove. She'll never give it up to big property developer, Alexander Fletcher - no matter how handsome he might be... Yet beneath Alex's sharp suit and persuasive ma...

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Tū by Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace

eBook

This is the te reo Maori translation of the award-winning novel Tu. The only survivor of three young men who went to war from his family, Tu faces the past and tells his niece and nephew, through the pages of his war journal, about his brothers and their...

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They of Star  by Mervyn Noel Whitley

They of Star

Mervyn Noel Whitley

Book

"They of Star, written in a contemporary style reminiscent of old English prose, tells the story of a family that is born from The Stars but has decided to live in a world called The Land. An evil presence that is kin to the family of The Star, has started...

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Mummy needs a break by Susan Edmunds

Mummy needs a break

Susan Edmunds

Audio CD

"With a devilish toddler and baby number two on the way, Rachel's big dream is to one day go to the toilet on her own. So, she's surprised to discover that her husband has found the time to have an exciting affair while she's been bringing up their f...

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Zhu Mao by Mark Sweet

Zhu Mao

Mark Sweet

eBook

"In 1984, architect Scott Warren goes to Wudangshan in China on a scholarship to study Daoist buildings, just at the time when liberalisation is occurring and Chinese people have new freedoms. While there, he studies martial arts and makes some impor...

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Cryptobyte  by Cat Connor

Cryptobyte

Cat Connor

Book

In charge of all three Delta teams and still in the field with Delta A while juggling twin toddlers, Special Agent in Charge Ellie Iverson tackles life, cases, and endless meetings with arrant determination and sometimes with her growing psycho-prophetic...

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Selected stories  by Vincent O'Sullivan

Selected stories

Vincent O'Sullivan

Book

"Presenting thirty-five stories from seven collections published over more than forty years, Vincent O'Sullivan's Selected Stories is a milestone in the career of one of New Zealand's leading writers."--Publisher description.

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The pretty delicious cafe by Danielle Hawkins

The pretty delicious cafe

Danielle Hawkins

Audio CD

Food, family and fresh new beginnings. On the outskirts of a quiet hamlet on the New Zealand coast, Lia and her friend Anna work serious hours running their restored 'villa' cafe. The busy season, they know, is just around the corner. There are plenty...

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Beautiful fragments  by Vanessa Evetts

Beautiful fragments

Vanessa Evetts

Book

"What benefit is hope, when you're trapped inside a nightmare that has no end? Abandoned by those who claimed to love her and manipulated into the sex industry as a teen mum, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a drug and human trafficking ring with...

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Ya'acov's well  by Nina Peck

Ya'acov's well

Nina Peck

Book

"The year is 1 AD. The setting is Samaria, in the Roman province of Judaea. Mara bat Malâikhiy is the beautiful youngest daughter in a poor family, seeking her place in a world where she has always been the underdog. When Yelsaventa, a rich girl from...

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The burning river  by Lawrence Patchett

The burning river

Lawrence Patchett

Book

In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van's life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive. When a young visitor summons him to the fenced settlement on the hill, he is offered a new and fr...

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Mummy needs a break  by Susan Edmunds

Mummy needs a break

Susan Edmunds

Book

"With a devilish toddler and baby number two on the way, Rachel's big dream is to one day go to the toilet on her own. So, she's surprised to discover that her husband has found the time to have an exciting affair while she's been bringing up their f...

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Never what it seems  by Wayne Andrewartha

Never what it seems

Wayne Andrewartha

Book

"The exciting next episode of the Jake Shaw Detective series has finally arrived. Jake Shaw, private Detective, has just arrived back from a well-deserved holiday, and is immediately embroiled in a search for a client’s missing daughter. It’s something...

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Black and blue  by Wayne Andrewartha

Black and blue

Wayne Andrewartha

Book

"A killer is loose in the city, abducting and killing women, in a most brutal manner. Four bodies have already been found, deliberately, artfully arranged in secluded parks, but their horrific wounds make even hardened police detectives sick. The murder...

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Afakasi woman  by Lani Wendt Young

Afakasi woman

Lani Wendt Young

Book

"A collection of tales of Pacifika women. Short stories that capture some of the drama, laughter, loves and sorrows in the lives of women of the Pacific. Each tale is unique, life enhancing and totally engrossing." --Back cover.

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Darkness on the edge of town by Adam Christopher

Darkness on the edge of town

Adam Christopher

eBook

Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things. Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy...

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Cilka's journey by Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Audio CD

Her beauty saved her life and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from...

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Telegram home  by Kirsten McKenzie

Telegram home

Kirsten McKenzie

Book

History will change. Sarah Lester's mother is missing and the Indian uprising holds her father captive. The police want to question her, and even the church is demanding its pound of flesh. Her return to The Old Curiosity Shop raises more questions t...

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One Single Thing by Tina Clough

One Single Thing

Tina Clough

eBook

Journalist Hope Barber disappears two weeks after returning to New Zealand from an assignment in Pakistan, leaving her front door open and her bag and phone inside. The police are tight-lipped about their reluctance to act, and Hunter Grant and Dao agree...

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Rogue vampire  by Nicola Claire

Rogue vampire

Nicola Claire

Book

"The Queen of the Light Fey is on the warpath, and she has her sights set on Georgia. But fighting Isoleth's monsters is the least of her problems. Her best friend is missing, her vampire-within is waking up, and her mate keeps leaving to be with another....

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The cosy coffee shop of promises  by Kellie Hailes

The cosy coffee shop of promises

Kellie Hailes

Book

Curl up in The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises with a latte and a scone, the perfect antidote to a grey day! Mel's dream of opening a coffee shop is finally a reality! A cosy little place turning out the best flat whites and most delicious pastries in Devon....

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Drongo  by Ian Richards

Drongo

Ian Richards

Book

18 year old Andy Ingle, with his yellow typewriter called Half-Arse under his arm, embarks on one of the great Kiwi road trips, hitchhiking from Palmerston North to Dunedin, over to the West Coast and back up to Auckland. On the way falling in with d...

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Pohutukawa Highway  by Tammy Robinson

Pohutukawa Highway

Tammy Robinson

Book

It's January, the height of a New Zealand summer and the Gilbert family have gathered at the campground they've been coming to since the seventies to scatter the ashes of youngest son Jeffrey into the sea. For Jess, the campground holds bittersweet m...

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Bliss and other stories by Katherine Mansfield

Bliss and other stories

Katherine Mansfield

eAudiobook

"Lottie and Kezia stood on the patch of lawn just inside the gate, all ready for the fray in their coats with brass anchor buttons...." When these 14 short stories were published in 1920, Katherine Mansfield had already effected a transformation in this...

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Cilka's journey by Heather Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather Morris

eAudiobook

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. Cilka was only sixteen-years-old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, noticed her long beautiful hair, and forced her separation...

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Collected stories by Maurice Duggan

Collected stories

Maurice Duggan

eBook

"When Maurice Duggan ... began writing, towards the end of the Second World War, New Zealand short stories tended to portray ordinary people in their own inarticulate form. Duggan erupted into this scene flourishing a mannered though vigorous elegance...

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Huia short stories. 13, Contemporary Māori fiction.

Huia short stories. 13, Contemporary Māori fiction.

Book

"Here are the best short stories from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2019 as judged by Scotty Morrison, Robyn Bargh, Tuehu Harris, Whiti Hereaka, Poia Rewi and Carol Hirschfeld. This competition, run by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers,...

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The godwits fly by Robin Hyde

The godwits fly

Robin Hyde

eBook

Strongly autobiographical, it vividly conveys the intensely felt worlds of the adolescent - love, poetry and England - and the enthralling but sometimes painful experience of growing up female; and its picture of family life in early-twentieth-centur...

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The skeleton woman by 1929- Renée

The skeleton woman

1929- Renée

eBook

A baby on the doorstep, a skeleton woman biding time before the truth comes out. Rose Anthony's life has just become much more complicated? Soon-to-be-fifty Rose Anthony finds an abandoned baby outside her kitchen door. Bogged down in the drama of an...

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The skeleton woman by 1929- Renée

The skeleton woman

1929- Renée

eBook

A baby on the doorstep, a skeleton woman biding time before the truth comes out. Rose Anthony's life has just become much more complicated? Soon-to-be-fifty Rose Anthony finds an abandoned baby outside her kitchen door. Bogged down in the drama of an...

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Wilde Glut by Nalini Singh

Wilde Glut

Nalini Singh

eBook

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Moonlight sonata by Eileen (Haematologist) Merriman

Moonlight sonata

Eileen (Haematologist) Merriman

eBook

"It's the annual New Year family get-together. Molly is dreading having to spend time with her mother, but she is pleased her son will see his cousins and is looking forward to catching up with her brothers ... Joe in particular. Under the summer sun,...

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A greater God  by Brian Stoddart

A greater God

Brian Stoddart

Book

Superintendent Chris Le Fanu returns to Madras from Penang where he leaves his new Straits Chinese love interest, Jenlin Koh, and a tempting new post in police intelligence there. He finds Hindu-Muslim tension on the rise in Madras, and his friends a...

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You yet shall die  by Jennifer author. Barraclough

You yet shall die

Jennifer author. Barraclough

Book

"A novel about family secrets and discovery of a long-ago crime. Hilda is a reclusive single woman who lives on the North Kent marshes with her rescue cats. One day she has a visit from a young woman called Nicky, who claims to be her half-sister, the...

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The thread  by Larry James Carter

The thread

Larry James Carter

Book

Jack has come home to New Zealand. He's getting old and he's tired. When Jack sets off by boat from the coast, inland along a meandering tidal river to his hometown, he's doing a favour for the Australian police - or so he hopes. Along the way, whil...

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Huia short stories. 9, Contemporary Māori fiction

Huia short stories. 9, Contemporary Māori fiction

eBook

"Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers 2011, as judged by Keri Hulme, Katie Wolfe, Erima Henare and Reina Whaitiri. The book will contain the stories from the 18 finalists for Best Short Story written...

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Once upon a time in Aotearoa by Tina Makereti

Once upon a time in Aotearoa

Tina Makereti

eBook

"Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa explores a world where mythological characters and stories become part of everyday life. Old and new worlds co-exist, cultures mingle and magic happens. Familiar characters appear, but in these versions the gods live in ...

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Shadow waters by Chris (Christopher Ian) Baker

Shadow waters

Chris (Christopher Ian) Baker

eBook

This is the second book in a trilogy but readers do not have to have read the first book, Kokopu Dreams to understand Shadow Waters. This action-packed, fast-moving novel explores the survivors’ struggle against demons and fearful creatures that have...

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Festival of miracles by Alice Tawhai

Festival of miracles

Alice Tawhai

eBook

This is a fabulous collection of stories from a young and new Maori writer. She finds cosmopolitan material for her stories from the length and breadth of New Zealand. Her words are gem-like observations of lives on the edge, and her characters are rich...

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Transit of Venus by Rowan Metcalfe

Transit of Venus

Rowan Metcalfe

eBook

The story of the Bounty mutiny is well known. Fletcher Christian's mutineers set Captain William Bligh and others adrift in a ship's boat. Bligh sailed some 5000 kilometres to safety; the mutineers returned to Tahiti before making their way to isolated...

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The golden sword  by John Pain

The golden sword

John Pain

Book

"Based on the adventures of Sir Stamford Raffles in what would become Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, The Golden Sword deconstructs the accepted history of European trade, politics and warfare in colonised territory and paints a very different picture...

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The year of the fox  by Merren Tait

The year of the fox

Merren Tait

Book

"I started My New Life with a wild leap of faith and a screw driver in my back pocket. Turns out I needed a power tool arsenal... Nancy Myers is having a hard time. She's broken-hearted, homeless and unemployed. And she's just turned forty. But Nancy...

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Archangel's war  by Nalini Singh

Archangel's war

Nalini Singh

Book

"The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed...far beyond the prophecy...

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Cilka's journey  by Heather Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather Morris

Book

Her beauty saved her life and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from...

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Loving Sylvie by Elizabeth Smither

Loving Sylvie

Elizabeth Smither

Large Print

"A sensual, witty novel that cleverly weaves in the stories of three generations of women: Sylvie, her mother Madeleine and grandmother Isobel, focusing most strongly on the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. The narrative shifts between...

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The imaginary lives of James Pōneke by Tina Makereti

The imaginary lives of James Pōneke

Tina Makereti

Large Print

"'The hour is late. The candle is low. Tomorrow I will see whether it is my friends or a ship homewards I meet. But I must finish my story for you first. My future, my descendant, my mokopuna. Listen.' So begins the tale of James Pōneke: orphaned son...

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This mortal boy by Fiona Kidman

This mortal boy

Fiona Kidman

Large Print

"Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than...

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The infinite air by Fiona Kidman

The infinite air

Fiona Kidman

Large Print

"Jean Batten became an international icon in 1930s. A brave, beautiful woman, she made a number of heroic solo flights across the world. The newspapers couldn't get enough of her. In 1934, she broke Amy Johnson's flight time between England and Australia...

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The absolute book  by Elizabeth Knox

The absolute book

Elizabeth Knox

Book

"Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her - her sister's death by violence, and her own ill-concieved revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries - ...

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Aue  by Becky Manawatu

Aue

Becky Manawatu

Book

Taukiri was born into sorrow. Aue can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father's. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and...

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Scented  by Laurence Fearnley

Scented

Laurence Fearnley

Book

"A compelling and poignant search for identity through perfume. Granny Seren told me I had a natural talent for perfume making and I believed her because she seemed to know what she was talking about and she never lied. It was Seren who introduced me...

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Mixed blessing  by Nicola Claire

Mixed blessing

Nicola Claire

Book

"Working as a bartender at the most popular club in town, dating a handsome, sexy and ever so slightly mysterious Englishman, Georgia thought her life was finally going somewhere. Then one night a rogue vampire caught her unawares, introducing her to...

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The ash, the well & the bluebell  by Sandra (author) Arnold

The ash, the well & the bluebell

Sandra (author) Arnold

Book

"Losing her daughter to the Christchurch earthquake sends Lily back to her childhood village in Northern England to scatter Charlie's ashes. It's a place of ghosts for Lily after the mysterious drowning of a school friend at the old village well - a ...

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After the peace by Fay Weldon

After the peace

Fay Weldon

Large Print

"How many parents does it take to make a baby? In the case of Rosalind Melrose Smithson it took four: one birth mother; one legal father; one interfering neighbor; and one turkey baster filled with the defrosted essence of an anonymous donor. Or not ...

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The harp of kings  by Juliet Marillier

The harp of kings

Juliet Marillier

Book

"Bard. Warrior. Rebel. Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart and is a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan's burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on...

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Broken tikanga  by Raewyn Anderson

Broken tikanga

Raewyn Anderson

Book

"My name is Laura. I come from a line of women who have the gift of matakite (clairvoyancy). My grandmother was brought up in the old ways of tikanga (Māori customs, lore, values and protocols). Her story begins as a young girl. Tane Mahuta, god of the...

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Dark shadow  by Nicola Claire

Dark shadow

Nicola Claire

Book

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Journey to the promised land  by Dennis R. McLeod

Journey to the promised land

Dennis R. McLeod

Book

"Amid the ruins and chaos left by the Second World War, a family sets out from a small town in Russia to escape the uncertainty of living under the iron fist of Stalin. Their arduous journey takes them through Poland and then Germany, where they hear...

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The Rigel affair  by L. M. Hedrick

The Rigel affair

L. M. Hedrick

Book

"Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver. Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zeal...

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Redemption  by Carne Maxwell

Redemption

Carne Maxwell

Book

Going back is never easy. But sometimes you have to go back to move forward. It has been nine years since the contest, but for some of the contestants it feels like yesterday. When they all receive an invitation to return to the island of Samimoto, some...

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Bill & Chops  by Noel Shepherd

Bill & Chops

Noel Shepherd

Book

Bill Whakahoro and his cobber, Tumblechops, are men of no ambition. But when they are pushed into taking on a little responsibility, they discover that the simple life they once enjoyed has gone, perhaps forever. This is a story of trout fishing, bee...

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This old stick  by Andrew Corin

This old stick

Andrew Corin

Book

"This book tells the stories of the older people around us - stories which are at once familiar and extraordinary.A range of delightful and challenging fictionalised characters are beautifully presented with warm-hearted and absorbing honesty.'This Old...

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Jessie's high country heart  by Patricia Snelling

Jessie's high country heart

Patricia Snelling

Book

"Jessie Lee, a young New Zealand vet leaves the city to join her friend, Hope Rigby in the alpine rural village of Glenorchy. When she takes up her new post as a remote on-call vet, she encounters animosity and prejudice from male farmers who have lived...

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A splendid sin  by Alana Bolton Cooke

A splendid sin

Alana Bolton Cooke

Book

"Behind the masterpiece was a love that defined Renaissance art. Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonarrotti hs risen into Rome's artistic elite and the ailing Pope Clement commissions him to paint The Last Judgement. When the artist Tomasso, a young noble...

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Machete and the Ghost  by James Griffin

Machete and the Ghost

James Griffin

Book

"Leilei Leilei Junior (aka Machete) and Neil Turnbull (aka The Ghost) come from vey different backgrounds but when they eventually found each other they became the midfield combination that ruled world rugby for four consecutive World Cups. Off the f...

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Making time  by Nicola Claire

Making time

Nicola Claire

Book

"Living out of time has not been easy for Mimi Wylde. Travelling to the 23rd century via time waves can do that to a girl. At least she's officially a Novitiate at the Royal Academy of Time Surgeons now. But when a routine trip goes disastrously wrong,...

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The boyfriend  by Laura Southgate

The boyfriend

Laura Southgate

Book

"The story of a young woman who finds herself subject to the gravitational field of a charismatic man, The Boyfriend is a cautionary tale about blindly accepting traditional 'love' narratives" This clear-eyed, dismaying and often hilarious examination...

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Dry milk  by Yan Huo

Dry milk

Yan Huo

Book

"John Lee is a migrant from Beijing who has lived in Auckland for three decades. Formerly a librarian, he leads an increasingly lonely and misanthropic life, reduced to selling second-hand goods, and living in a marriage of convenience with his disabled...

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